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Steve Lockhart

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April 07 Healthletter - Discipline
« on: April 07, 2007, 12:26:27 AM »
This month I would like to discuss what I see as one of the main reasons why most people with back pain don?t get better.

Now I?ll bet most of you are thinking that I am going to say the answer is because the treatment they are getting is not dealing with the real cause of their pain, rather focussing on the symptoms that present. Although that is definitely a factor in many cases, it?s not what I see as the number one problem.

The main reason as I see it is a lack of discipline and perseverance.

Let?s face it, most people are very busy with a full life around their work and family commitments and then trying to put a little time aside for a social life. Finding the time and in many cases the money over a long rehabilitation period to visit a therapist and do all the exercises they are given is very difficult. There are just not enough hours in a day plus after a full day of work, which is exhausting for many of us (especially people in constant pain), the last thing you feel like doing is exercising.

A back problem that hangs around and becomes chronic usually takes a long time to develop, meaning changes occur in the body?s muscles and balance as the result of things we may have done many years earlier. Perhaps a car accident, a fall, a sporting mishap or years of bad posture lead our body down the wrong path which sets up poor circulation followed by weakness and muscle imbalances.

People incorrectly think that if they feel ok then there is nothing in their body that needs fixing, i.e. if they don?t have pain there is nothing really wrong. The old adage ?if it ain?t broke don?t fix it? doesn?t really apply to the body because all chronic pain comes after a slow deterioration over what could be 5, 10 or 20 years. A good example is whiplash in a car accident. The initial trauma settles down fairly quickly and a person believes that is the end of it, but when the right treatment is not received, or no treatment at all, the deep tightness caused by the trauma in the accident is left to sit and fester then 12 to 18 months later a person wonders why they suddenly develop upper back pain or chronic headaches that won?t go away.

Maintaining the body through our day to day lives is something everyone should be trying to do to ensure chronic pain is never an issue. Unfortunately we are never taught to do this until it is too late, when in reality it should be an important part of the education system passed on to children.

Daily maintenance is not that difficult a thing to do and even people who have been able to conquer their back or other chronic pain, would be wise to start working on this rather than waiting until the next problem appears. It is a lot easier to prevent a problem arising than fix it once it does because of the long build-up that occurs in getting to the point of pain.

Getting back to my original point, that finding the discipline is probably the main reason people with chronic pain don?t get better, obviously that discipline is a lot easier to find when what you are doing to fix your pain is working and conversely if what you are doing is not providing results then it is hard to find the motivation to drag yourself through it.

Even someone like me, who knows better than most of the importance of looking after yourself, has to fight off the tendency to want to be lazy after a hard, physical day at work. That?s why when I developed my self treatment program, I looked at ways I could combine the self treatment work that needed to be done with an easy relaxing system that I could do on the floor in front of television. I am very happy with how it has come together and I would say without doubt that my program is more about finding the time than the motivation. If you are someone who likes to spend a couple of hours in front of TV at night, doing the exercises whilst watching your favourite show is a lot easier than having to go out to exercise or pay for and attend therapy sessions after work before you can go home and relax. Also the guide that comes with the program provides you with all the information you need to develop a manageable preventative maintenance program for yourself.

So if you are still struggling with your back pain or sciatica and finding it hard to motivate yourself to get to see your therapist or do the exercises they prescribed for you, why not take advantage of the 30 day free trial you get with my program and see how easy it is for yourself.

Good health,
« Last Edit: May 04, 2009, 05:09:35 AM by Steve Lockhart »


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